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New York Times, Sunday, October 30, 2016

Author: Caleb Madison
Editor: Will Shortz
Caleb Madison
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Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 72 Missing: {QZ} This is puzzle # 31 for Mr. Madison. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jeff Chen notes: Listing of code names for MAC OPERATING SYSTEMS. Although Caleb only gives us a subset (Yosemite, El Capitan, and Sierra are the three most recent ones), it's nice that he grabbed the subset that are types of big ... more
Jeff Chen notes:

Listing of code names for MAC OPERATING SYSTEMS. Although Caleb only gives us a subset (Yosemite, El Capitan, and Sierra are the three most recent ones), it's nice that he grabbed the subset that are types of big cat. Not quite the full subset, in that Mountain Lion and Snow Leopard aren't in there, but since there's plain old LION and LEOPARD, we'll call it good.

I liked some of the theme phrases more than others. LEOPARD PRINT is a great one, TIGER LILY disguises TIGER a little, and I enjoyed seeing the full JAGUAR XKE instead of the usual XKE used as crossword glue. That -RXKE ending is so awesomely weird looking.

PUMA SNEAKERS, on the other hand, felt like a phrase made up to fit the theme. And I'm sure there are diehard CHEETAH GIRL fans, but I wonder if they've achieved staying power, or if they've faded into obscurity?

For those not familiar with the GENIUS BAR, it's that place in the back of Apple stores where people under the age of 20 charge you hundreds of dollars to tell you your computer is broken. Zing! No seriously, they do a good job. (If an expensive one.) I didn't like having this as a piece of fill, as it muddied things up. It's not theme … but it sure smelled like it. Also, crossing I BAR felt iffy as a duplication.

Some nice bonuses, TEAM JACOB referring to the "Twilight" series. I kind of want to know if TEAM JACOB or Team Edward won … but not enough to slog through the mire of the books. (Don't kill me, Twihards!)

LARP (live action role-playing game) was fun, too. Jogging through a Seattle park past a guy hiding behind a tree dressed in full medieval armor wielding a wooden sword … I picked up my pace.

Not a fan of the HEMO, SOCIO, ESTE, OLEO, plural AMINOS, etc. kind of glue. Just shows how hard it is to put together a Sunday 140-word puzzle, given Caleb's high level of skill.

Caleb pushed the envelope as the editor of the now defunct Buzzfeed crossword, so I was hoping for something a little more when I saw his byline.

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© 2016, The New York TimesNo. 1030 ( 24,463 )
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1. One talking on the phone, nowadays? : SIRI
5. Numerical prefix : OCTA
9. Glitz : GLAM
13. Coronas, e.g. : CIGARS
19. What sweet gestures may mean : ALOT
20. Whitman sampler? : POEM
21. Like sardines : OILY
22. The princess in "The Princess Diaries" : AMELIA
23. "Fine, see if I care!" : BETHATWAY
25. Banned pollutants : PCBS
26. With reason : SANELY
27. Reading comics, doing crosswords, etc. : ESCAPISM
28. *2000s group with three eponymous Disney Channel films, with "the" : CHEETAHGIRLS
30. U.S.C.G. rank : CPO
31. Woman of whom it's begged "Please don't take my man," in a 1973 hit : JOLENE
33. Place : LIEU
34. *Athletic footwear once promoted by Pelé : PUMASNEAKERS
38. Bled : RAN
39. Bo'sun for Captain Hook : SMEE
43. Soon enough : ANON
44. Prefix with -pathy : SOCIO
45. School in Berkshire : ETON
47. Shelf supports : LBARS
48. Set (against) : PIT
49. Result of Québec's vote to leave Canada : NON
50. Event code-named Operation Neptune : DDAY
51. Endure, in an expression : BEARIT
52. B flat equivalent : ASHARP
56. Lie on the beach : BAKE
58. *Enzo Ferrari called it "the most beautiful car ever made" : JAGUARXKE
60. Make sense of : SORTOUT
62. Lush : WINO
64. Acronym for an outdoor fantasy game : LARP
65. Things found at the starts of the answers to the six starred clues : MACOPERATINGSYSTEMS
71. Get bored (of) : TIRE
72. Prefix with -stat : HEMO
73. Not go home by curfew : STAYOUT
75. *Showy orange bloom : TIGERLILY
80. Artist Magritte : RENE
82. Chest bones : STERNA
83. Some acids : AMINOS
84. Fantasy creatures : ORCS
86. Band with the 1991 #1 hit "Unbelievable" : EMF
88. Like nonprescription meds : OTC
89. Colt 45 brewer : PABST
90. Home to Hernando : CASA
91. American ___ : SAMOA
93. Start of many congregation names : BNAI
94. Suit : EXEC
95. Woodrow Wilson was the only U.S. prez to have one : PHD
96. *Something spotted on a runway? : LEOPARDPRINT
99. Margarine : OLEO
101. Axis foe : ALLIES
102. When sung five times, a 1974 Rolling Stones hit : DOO
103. *1968 Peter O'Toole drama, with "The" : LIONINWINTER
107. 1998 Faith Hill hit that describes "perpetual bliss" : THISKISS
112. Cold-weather conveyance : SNOCAT
113. Part of P.S.U.: Abbr. : UNIV
114. Annual California music festival : COACHELLA
115. Symbol of wisdom : ATHENA
116. Small change : DIME
117. "I'll take care of that" : ONIT
118. Employments : USES
119. Threw out : TOSSED
120. In view : SEEN
121. Comes together : GELS
122. Football gear : PADS
1. Kemo ___ : SABE
2. Corsica et d'autres : ILES
3. Recruiting org. : ROTC
4. Odysseus, by birth : ITHACAN
5. Possible paths : OPTIONS
6. Intimidates : COWS
7. Faction in "Twilight" fandom : TEAMJACOB
8. Funny Schumer : AMY
9. Minnesota athlete : GOPHER
10. Able to practice, say : LICENSED
11. Pulitzer-winning Edward : ALBEE
12. Best-selling PC game before The Sims : MYST
13. Convert chips to money : CASHIN
14. X-ray, e.g. : IMAGE
15. Tech help station : GENIUSBAR
16. 'Stro, e.g. : ALER
17. Streamlet : RILL
18. "Goes" : SAYS
24. Tinder and others : APPS
28. Miss ___ (late TV psychic) : CLEO
29. Astronaut Shepard : ALAN
32. U.S. base site in the Pacific : OKINAWA
34. Half of a 1960s pop group : PAPAS
35. Popular sleep aid : UNISOM
36. Godzilla foe : MOTHRA
37. Ages and ages : EON
38. Prince and others : ROYALS
40. Who said "Revolutions are the locomotives of history" : MARX
41. Composer Satie : ERIK
42. Dirección geográfica : ESTE
46. ___ Boston (luxury hotel) : TAJ
47. Eagerly seized : LEAPTAT
50. One side of the climate change debate : DENIERS
51. Pops : BURSTS
53. J.F.K. tower grp. : ATC
54. Plant malady caused by overwatering : ROOTROT
55. Teacher's head count : PUPILS
57. Familiar folks : KITH
59. Target audience of Out magazine : GAYS
61. Actress Polo : TERI
63. "Don't quit ___ now!" : ONME
66. Browser button : RELOAD
67. Flipped : GONEAPE
68. Assess : EYE
69. Angel who visited Joseph Smith : MORONI
70. Lie on the beach : SUNTAN
74. Implied : TACIT
75. Tailor's need : TAPE
76. Kind of theater : IMAX
77. Barb : GIBE
78. Settles snugly : ENSCONCES
79. 1000, 1500 and 2000: Abbr. : YRS
81. Best Supporting Actress nominee for "Birdman" : EMMASTONE
85. Make a "T" gesture in basketball : CALLTIME
87. Pro : FOR
90. Eats : CHOW
91. Setting for a sunset on the Seine : SOIR
92. Rehab attendees : ADDICTS
93. Split : BROKEUP
95. The fingers of a hand, e.g. : PENTAD
97. One plus one? : ELEVEN
98. Fancy-schmancy : POSH
100. Actress Balaban : LIANE
101. Hit musical with the song "N.Y.C." : ANNIE
103. Exam with logic games, briefly : LSAT
104. Digging : INTO
105. Sounds after a magic trick : OOHS
106. Some contraceptive devices : IUDS
108. Loudly acclaim : HAIL
109. "___, She Wolf of the SS" (1975 cult film) : ILSA
110. Cold-weather conveyance : SLED
111. Lip : SASS
114. Part of a wheel : COG

Answer summary: 10 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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